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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated May 4, 2017
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  • Work-life balance may be an issue - the pace is very high (in 40 reviews)

  • No work life balance and lack of promotion opportunity (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Good company but recent slowdown"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in East Hanover, NJ

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    A lot of good bright people. Very professional.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Recent bad performance is weighing on the whole organization.


  2. "Great Company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Hanover, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly, and senior staff are very approachable, flexible schedule (WFH)

    Cons

    I wish they had better benefits

    Advice to Management

    offer more affordable medical coverage


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Big old pharma machine"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Spec Representative in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Spec Representative in East Hanover, NJ

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large corporation with potential to move around within

    Cons

    A lot of changes and movement. Too much layoff
    . Sales management are too often not necessarily good people managers. ...like many pharma companies, there are managers ("area business leaders ")who were prompted from rep positions based on sales performance; they were great sales reps who all too often often make crummy leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Develop leaders, don't just promote great"sales" people. Look at your otger sales reps who are possibly in the wrong role. There are many who have good business sense and vstrong leadership qualities whom you are overlooking. Good leaders (not managers) make strong teams.


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  5. "Area Business Leader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in New York, NY
    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    strong sense of making a difference w great products, large and well funded research, smart and dedicated employees

    Cons

    Large and complex regulatory burdens, decrease of sales force, frequent leadership changes, too much emphasis on D and I.

    Advice to Management

    More emphasis on stability and growth of current dedicated work force


  6. "Former Employee - Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Bethlehem, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Bethlehem, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    My last manager was terrific. He treated you like an adult, and praised you on each and every call even if things didn't go well. I would still be here is it weren't for the mass layoffs.

    Cons

    Upper management was disconnected to the field force. They combined Diovan with everything under the sun. Need to teach reps to sell more clinically.

    Advice to Management

    Train the reps as best you can. Provide clinical selling style. But don't forget to incorporate the relationship based sales model as well.


  7. "Principal Medical Scientific Expert"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Medical Scientific Expert in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Principal Medical Scientific Expert in East Hanover, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    An innovative, forward thinking, ethical pharmaceutical company with excellent end-user and customer focus. Extremely employee sensitive.

    Cons

    Swiss based corporation with consequent decision making lapses due to decisions where authority resides: Switzerland or the U.S.


  8. "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Manager in Morristown, NJ
    Former Employee - Manager in Morristown, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Close to home and pay was very good.

    Cons

    Management was not very engaged with contractors.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in East Hanover, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, nice co-workers, paid vacation, paid personal time, closed between Christmas and New Years

    Cons

    Some of the admins are catty and gossipy; the higher ups are fine

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the dead wood


  10. "contractors treated poorly"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous in East Hanover, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The idea of work from home was nice until you realize they just take it away.

    Cons

    Contractors are treated like garbage. Can't use the gym, can't go to an office party or eat pizza that was ordered for everyone because you are a contractor. Managers don't even look at you or speak to you like you're not human.
    There is next to no chance of Novartis ever making you one of their employees. Contracting agency then takes most of your money and you make very little.
    No training or career growth at all and all contractors have noncompetes....so Novartis won't even hire a contractor because of the noncompete you wee forced to accept to even work there.
    Not much diversity or fair treatment of contractors.
    Basically made to feel worthless if you are a contractor. Mangers all have stay at home wives while they expect you to work all the time and not have a life of your own.

    Advice to Management

    Stop abusing visa loopholes and outsourcing


  11. "Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Specialty Sales in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Specialty Sales in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good money and benefits with company car.

    Cons

    Micromanagement, overwhelming amount of admin, and meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Try hiring mature and motivated employees.


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